Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Prayer Card: Gertrude A. O'Neill

Gertrude Anna O'Neill, the daughter of Irish immigrants Michael O'Neill and his second wife Ellen M. Cunningham, was born 29 January 1879 in Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Gertrude married Ambrose Aloysius McDonald on 15 January 1915 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Gertrude lived to be 74 years old. She died on 21 July 1953 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. She is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

This prayer card from Gertrude's funeral originally belonged to her daughter Virginia McDonald Geary. Virginia's daughter kindly sent the prayer card to me to incorporate into the family archives. 

MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Gertrude A. McDonald - Prayer Card Front
Gertrude A. McDonald
Prayer Card Front
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Gertrude A. McDonald - Prayer Card Back
Gertrude A. McDonald
Prayer Card Back
Virginia McDonald Geary is my 1st cousins 3x removed. She is the daughter of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with Virginia McDonald Geary  is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham. Winifred Agnes O'Neill is my 2nd Great Grandmother  Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather.


References:
  1. Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Orphan's Court. McDonld, Ambrose & O'Neill, Gertrude A. Marriage License.
  2. Find A Grave. Memorial Number 172106415.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Prayer Card: Winnifrede A. O'Neill

Winifred Agnes O'Neill, the daughter of Irish immigrants Michael O'Neill and his second wife Ellen M. Cunningham, was born 3 September 1874. Winifred's birth location is believed to be Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Winifred married Robert Alphonsus McDonald on 25 June 1895 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Winifred lived to be 75 years old. She died on 31 March 1950 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She is buried at Calvary Cemetery with husband Robert Alphonsus McDonald and her sister Caroline Loretta O'Neill. She was affectionately known as "Aunt Win"by some branches of the the family.

This prayer card from Winifred's funeral originally belonged to her niece Virginia McDonald Geary. Virginia's daughter kindly sent the prayer card to me to incorporate into the family archives. The prayer card uses the name first name variation Winnifrede A. This name variation is also used on her grave stone.
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Winnifrede A. McDonald - Prayer Card Front
Winnifrede A. McDonald
Prayer Card Front
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Winnifrede A. McDonald - Prayer Card Back
Winnifrede A. McDonald
Prayer Card Back
Virginia McDonald Geary is my 1st cousins 3x removed. She is the daughter of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with Virginia McDonald Geary  is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham. Winifred Agnes O'Neill is my 2nd Great Grandmother  Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather.


References:
  1. Find A Grave. Memorial Number 107591643.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Obituary: Caroline L. O'Neill (1887-1984)

Caroline Loretta O'Neill was the youngest daughter born to Michael O'Neill and his second wife Ellen M. Cunningham. Caroline was born 4 August 1887 in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. Caroline was 5 years old when her father died.

The 1900 United States Federal Census records Caroline living with her mother and siblings on the family farm in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. Caroline was attending school.

Family tradition maintains that in 1903 Caroline went to Elkins, Randolph County, West Virginia. Her sister Winifred Agnes O'Neill was expecting her fifth child, Charles Eugene McDonald. Caroline stayed with the family and worked a teacher at the local one room school house. Caroline's niece Virginia McDonald Geary offered commentary on the family: "Ellen Cunningham, Winifred's mother used to send her daughters around to assist each other when they were expecting."
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Caroline Loretta O'Neill
Caroline Loretta O'Neill most likely photographed between 1900 and 1910
The 1910 United States Federal Census records Caroline living with her sister Mary Lucinda O'Neill and her brother in-law Joe Ward in Leadsville, Randolph County, West Virginia. She was employed as a teacher working in a private school.

After living in West Virginia Caroline moved back to Pittsburgh, Allegheny County where she lived for the rest of her life. The 1920 United States Federal Census records Caroline living in the family home at 321 Meade Street. She was living with:
  • her mother - Ellen Cunnigham
  • her niece - Helen McDonald, daughter of Robert A. McDonald & Winifred A. O'Neill
  • her sister - Eleanor Monica O'Neill 
  • her niece - Bella Mullen, daughter of Eleanor Monica O'Neill
The 1930 and 1940 United States Federal Census record Caroline living with her sister Eleanor Monica O'Neill recorded as Eleanor Mullen at 321 Meade Street. Caroline was working as a Stenographer at an Electric Company - most likely Westinghouse. Later in her career she worked at Westinghouse Electric Corporation and was the secretary to the sales manager.

Caroline never married. She lived to be 97 years old. Caroline died on 13 November 1984 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She is buried at  Calvary Cemetery. She is buried with her sister Winifred Agnes O'Neill and her brother-in-law Robert Alphonsus McDonald. She was affectionately known as "Aunt Carrie", "Aunt Pokie" and "Aunt Honie" by the family.

A copy of the obituary for Caroline Loretta O'Neill. Caroline was affectionately known by her family as "Aunt Carrie" or "Aunt Honie". The newspaper printed her obituary as Karrie L. O'Neill. The name of the newspaper the obituary was printed in is unknown.
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Karrie L. O'Neill - Obituary
Caroline Loretta O'Neill
Obituary
This photograph of Caroline Loretta O'Neill is shared with permission. The original photograph is in the care of Ginny Geary Laskovics my 2nd cousin 2x. Ginny is a great niece of Caroline Loretta O'Neill. The photograph is orignally from the Virginia McDonald Geary Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky

The obituary originally originally belonged to Caroline's niece Virginia McDonald Geary. Virginia's daughter kindly sent the copy of the obituary to me to incorporate into the family archives.

Virginia McDonald Geary is my 1st cousins 3x removed. She is the daughter of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with Virginia McDonald Geary  is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham.  Caroline Loretta O'Neill is my 2nd great aunt. She is the sister of 2nd Great Grandmother Winifred Agnes O'Neill. Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather.

References:
  1. 1900 United States Federal Census. Year: 1900; Census Place: Clarion, Clarion, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1394; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0007; FHL microfilm: 1241394. Record for Ellen O'Neill. 
  2. 1910 United States Federal Census. Year: 1910; Census Place: Leadsville, Randolph, West Virginia; Roll: T624_1696; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 0123; FHL microfilm: 1375709. Record for Carrie Oneel.
  3. 1920 United States Federal Census. Year: 1920; Census Place: Wilkinsburg Ward 3, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1530; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 867; Image: 1003. Record for Ellen M O'Neill.
  4. 1930 United States Federal Census. Year: 1930; Census Place: Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1993; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0872; Image: 226.0; FHL microfilm: 2341727. Record for Eleanor Mullen. 
  5. 1940 United States Federal Census. Year: 1940; Census Place: Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3421; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 2-622. Record for E M Mullen.
  6. Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011. Record for Carrie Oneill. 
  7. Find A Grave. Memorial Number 107591661.

Prayer Card: Caroline L. O'Neill (1887-1984)

Caroline Loretta O'Neill was the youngest daughter born to Michael O'Neill and his second wife Ellen M. Cunningham. Caroline was born 4 August 1887 in Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Caroline never married. She lived to be 97 years old. Caroline died on 13 November 1984 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She is buried at Calvary Cemetery with her sister Winifred Agnes O'Neill and her brother-in-law Robert Alphonsus McDonald. She was affectionately known as "Aunt Carrie", "Aunt Honie" and "Aunt Pokie" by the family.

To learn more about Caroline visit the post: Obituary: Caroline L. O'Neill (1887-1984)
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Caroline Loretta O'Neill
Caroline Loretta O'Neill
The portrait may have been taken in the 1920's
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Carrie L. O'Neill - Prayer Card Front
Caroline Loretta O'Neill
Prayer Card Front
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Carrie L. O'Neill - Prayer Card Back
Caroline Loretta O'Neill
Prayer Card Back
This photograph of Caroline Loretta O'Neill is shared with permission. The original photograph is in the care of Ginny Geary Laskovics my 2nd cousin 2x. Ginny is a great niece of Caroline Loretta O'Neill. The photograph is orignally from the Virginia McDonald Geary Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky

The prayer card from Caroline's funeral originally belonged to Caroline's niece Virginia McDonald Geary. Virginia's daughter kindly sent the prayer card to me to incorporate into the family archives.

Virginia McDonald Geary is my 1st cousins 3x removed. She is the daughter of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with Virginia McDonald Geary  is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham.  Caroline Loretta O'Neill is my 2nd great aunt. She is the sister of 2nd Great Grandmother Winifred Agnes O'Neill. Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather.

References:
  1. Find A Grave. Memorial Number 107591661.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

1942 - Edward V. Murosky

A snapshot of Edward V. Murosky taken in 1942. Edward V. Murosky, the son of Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. and Helen Tillie Bukowski, was born March 3, 1925 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. Edward would have been 17 years old when this snapshot was taken.

Edward is in formal dress wearing a Boutonnière. Edward was most likely a groomsman in the wedding of his first cousin Raymond Bukowski. On June 6, 1942 Raymond Bukowski married Veronica A. Karpinski. To view other photographs from the wedding visit the posts:
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1942 - Wdward V. Murosky
Edward V. Murosky
From the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Helen likely recorded the names and dates on the photograph. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Raymond H. Bukowski is my 1st cousin 2x. His father John Frank Bukowski is my 2nd great uncle. John Frank Bukowski is the brother of Helen Tillie Bukowski. Helen Tillie Bukowski is my great grandmother. Edward V. Muroksy is my great uncle, he is the son of Helen Tillie Bukowski. Edward V. Muroksy is the brother of my paternal grandfather Arthur Murosky.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

1938 - A Snaphot from a Murosky Family Gathering

This is another snapshot of a Murosky family gathering that took place in 1938. The photograph was likely taken in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania on a family visit. The photograph would have been taken prior to July 21, 1938.  To view other photographs taken that day and learn about the date of the photograph view the post 1938 - Murosky Family Gathering.  

Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1938 Murosky Family Gathering
1938 Murosky Family
Left to Right: Unknown Man, Rose Surname Unknown,
Helen Tillie Bukowski (age,37 or 38), Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. (age 46)
Marian Elaine Murosky (age 2 or 3) standing in front.
This photograph was included in the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Helen was married to Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. is my great grandfather. Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. married Helen Tillie Bukowski. Their son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. Marian Elaine Murosky is my great aunt. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Army Portrait: Leopold George Selker, Jr.

Leopold George Selker, Jr. was born 21 June 1918. He was the son of Leopold George Selker, Sr. (28 Sep 1891 - 10 Dec 1955) and Katherine V. Hartle (1894 - 01 Sep 1970). Leopold George Selker, Sr. was the oldest son of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth.

Leopold enlisted with the United States Army on January 3, 1944. He was discharged from service on 31 January 1945. This formal military portrait would have been taken in 1944.
MB Boutiques: The Selker Collection &emdash; Leopold George Selker, Jr.
Leopold George Selker, Jr.
Army 
Portrait
To view other photographs of Leopold visit the posts:
This photograph is shared with permission. The original photograph is in the care of Leopold George Selker my 2nd cousin 1x. Leopold is the son of Leopold George Selker, Jr. He is a descendant of Leopold George Selker, Sr. the oldest son of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth. From the Leopold George Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Leopold George Selker, Jr. is my 1st cousin 2x removed. He is a first cousin to my maternal grandmother Mary Eugenia McDonald. Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth are the common grandparents that link the cousins. 

References:

  1. Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. File for Leo Selker.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Remembering Sr. Janet Staab, OSB

In early January I received the unexpected news that Sr. Janet Staab had passed away. Sr. Janet was born on January 12, 1937 in Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Charles Aloysius Staab Sr. and Cecelia Elizabeth Selker. She entered the Benedictine Community in June 26, 1955. In addition to teaching elementary and junior high school school she also served as the archivist for the Benedictine Sisters.

Sr. Janet, my 1st cousin 2x, was the original family historian for the Guth and Selker families. Many years ago she very kindly shared all of her research with a young college student who was curious about family history. Sr. Janet photocopied her meticulously organized hand typed family group sheets and newspaper articles without thought.

With so much enthusiasm she told me the story of how our shared ancestor Joseph William Selker departed Germany and opened his own cigar manufacturing business in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She also told the story of his return trip to Germany in 1906 and how his two nieces came back with him. I never imagined that day when I went to visit her that I would walk away with what would become the foundation of my research for the Guth and Selker families. 

Over the years Sr. Janet and I remained in touch. Christmas cards and notes were exchanged. When I made trips to my hometown I would stop by to visit with her at Mount Saint Benedict. We always enjoyed our visits together talking about our favorite subject - family history. In time I continued to build on her original research.  Research updates were sent as I learned more about our shared Guth, Selker and Loll ancestors. 

Michelle M. Murosky: Blog Images &emdash;
Sr. Janet and I during a visit in 2014
We all owe Sr. Janet a debt of gratitude. Her legacy lives on through the children she taught and through the research she completed. Her research was very well organized and very detailed. It is truly the foundation for what we know about the Guth and Selker families. Sr. Janet will most certainly be missed. I am most grateful she was my family history mentor and I had the opportunity to learn from her. 

Sr. Janet was buried at Trinity Cemetery in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. To view her obituary visit the website for the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.  

Sr. Janet Staab is my 1st cousin 2x removed. Our shared ancestors are Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth.